KickStart This: Late July 15, 2013 Edition

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This.  I’m a day behind getting this written and posted as other things consumed my time this weekend – editing a novel and watching Pacific Rim and Lord of the Rings.  Okay, maybe it was needed downtime.  Either way, we’re back with another article.

Just like previous weeks, we’ll take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise before we look at this week’s projects.

Project Standings as of July 16, 2013

  • The Question Block Lamp by 8-Bit Lit is at $114,075 of a $100,000 goal.  This Kickstarter has exceed its goal with a little less than 2 days left.  If you’re sitll interested in helping to fund it, check out their project here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1189253589/the-question-block-lamp?ref=live
  • Frontiers has less than a day to go, and  has already reached it’s initial goal of $50,000.  In fact it’s 280% funded.  Current amount funded is $140,439 with the next stretch goal unlocking at $150,000.
  • Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire the Masquerade is funded at $239,995 of $60,000 needed – 399% percent of their goal.  I’ll be honest, I ended up backing this project to get a hard copy of the book.  It will be a $35 well invested.

  • LFG and The Fork of Truth is at $210,546 of $600,000 to reach their initial goal.  With only 3 days to go, they too could use a push for funding.  Check out the project here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1412277313/lfg-the-fork-of-truth?ref=live  They did a really cool 30 hour live stream last week which pushed them over the 1/3rd mark, but these guys really do deserve the funding.
  • The History of Sierra Online Through a Documentary is at a little less than $14,000 of the $125,000 needed to produce the documentary.  With 20 days remaining, they too could use a bit of a boost and promotion.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/772847014/the-history-of-sierra-on-line-through-a-documentar

  • Leadwerks: Build Linux Games on Linux is completely funded with 15 days to go.   They are currently at $24,007 of their $20,000 goal.  A little less than $2,000 needs to be raised to reach the stretch goal of $26,000 to be able to add Ouya game development to the program.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1937035674/leadwerks-build-linux-games-on-linux
  • Gamers vs. Zombies comic series is another project that isn’t doing so hot on the crowdfunding front.  At a dismal $563 of their $7,200 goal, and 12 days to go, they could use some support to reach their goal.  Check it out here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/eurekacomiclabs/gamers-vs-zombies-issue-0?ref=live

Now to look at other gaming related projects needing funding.  This week we look at a zombie survival game for Android and IOS platforms, an RTS game from the creators of Syndicate Wars, a game based on reimagining 16-bit classic games,  a video game music album, and a successfully funded video game webseries.

1.  Pandemia: Would You Survive a Zombie Apocalypse in Your City by Francesco Elia 

pandemiaWhile this project has closed – temporarily – on IndieGoGo, I’ll still talk about it because it is being re-launched on KickStarter in the near future.

The interesting aspect of the game is that it takes your real-time location into consideration while you are playing – so you are expected to play the game when you’re walking down the street.  This can be both a good and bad thing.  Good because it will allow you to interact with other players that will show up on your map – bad because you may not want to interact with other players.  It also can cause distraction – which can be dangerous to you as a walker on the streets; being run over by a car or bus is bad after all. The other disadvantage – your GPS must be turned on for the game to work, which means the developers know where you are at all times.

And I’ll be honest, that’s the only thing that interested me about the game – the fact you can interact wtih others while playing and it takes into account where you are in the world to change the game – but being unable to play it without GPS turned on, or without being able to play when you’re chilling at home makes it less appealing.  And perhaps that is why the funding on IndieGoGo was not going so well.

The game is slotted to be a Free2Play game with items you can by via RMT.  They do have a way to contact them and tell them about concerns, so that may help as well.

If you’re interested in the game, learn more about it here, then wait for their KickStarter Project to be announced: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pandemia-would-you-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse-in-your-city

2. Satellite Reign by 5 Lives Studios

satellite-reignWith 12 days to go, this KickStarter project is two-thirds of it’s way to completion with £238,803 pledged of £350,000 goal.  The game is being promoted as a cyberpunk, class-based RTS game where you are fighting for control of your city.  There are three ways to achieve your goal: brute force, infiltration or propaganda.  What method you use is up to you.  You, the player, are trying to overthrow the mega-corporations that are in charge of everything?  The ultimate reason – whether to take over for yourself or to free everyone – is up to you.

If you are familiar with Shadowrun, this definitely has the Shadowrun feel to it.

Like most KickStarters, this team has stretch goals, which if reached, will improve the overall quality of the game.

And for those that don’t have a currency converter on hand, the team even provided a currency converter so you know how much to donate for what perks you want.  For as little as $25, you can get a digital copy of the game.

This game has potential and looks very well planned out and is being produced by an Inide Developer.  Check out the KickStarter and see what you can get for what you contribute to the project:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/5livesstudios/satellite-reign?ref=category

3.  Liege by John Rhee

LiegeThis project is already more than 200% funded with 12 days to go.  They have raised $32,231 of their initial $15,000 goal – which means they can now focus on their stretch goals and achieving them.  Already the first two stretch goals have been achieved and the third one unlocks at $40,000.

So what is Liege?  According to their Kickstarter page, Liege is:

  • A party-based, tactical role-playing game for the Playstation 4, Vita, PC, Mac, iOS and Android.
  • A game that’s inspired by Japanese RPG classics, chess, and others.
  • An interactive epic about ordinary people like us, placed in fantastic, larger-than-life circumstances. In equally vague terms, it’s a game about family, power, love, death, and other way serious, totally heavy things.

Perhaps the most interesting part about the game is that is planned as a trilogy which is scheduled to have the first game released in 2014.

I do love reading their descriptions of the game and what’s expected in each area, then the summary.  For example:  “tldr: War epic for grown folk. Think more GoT, less FFXIII– in RPG form!”

Unlike other game Kickstarters, he doesn’t have a chart showing what the breakdown of the funds being raised will be used for, which would be nice to see, but not a reason to not fund it.

If you’re interested in the game and would like to be a contributor, check out the KickStarter here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/codagames/liege?ref=category

4.  Heroes of Video Game Music Album and DVD by Rick Ede

heroes-of-video-game-musicIf you enjoy listening to video game music soundracks, can name the game a song came from or enjoy attending Video Games Live concerts – this project will definitely interest you.

Heroes of Video Game Music Album and DVD is promising to be a compilation more than 20 of the games’ industry best composers to create a unique album celebrating the music in video games.

The KickStarter gives a great description of what they hope to achieve with the project:  “Between them they’ll create a host of new and re-worked tracks that will celebrate the wealth of styles and genres that we’ve seen in games across the decades. There’ll be some classic chip-tune styling in there, as well as some of the more cinematic, orchestral tracks too, and everything in between. We’re hoping to create at least one new piece that features contributions from ALL of our artists, something that will be a truly international collaboration. “

For as little as $25 (if my conversion is correct), you can get digital download versions of the album.

While this project is completely funded with £9,222 raised of the £7,000 goal, if you’re interested in supporting the project, you have 12 more days to do so.  If you’re wanting to hear what some of the composers have created in the paste, or wanting to contribute, check out the KickStarter page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1998295508/heroes-of-video-game-music-album-and-dvd?ref=live

5.  Video Game High School: Season 2 by Freddie Wong

video-game-high-schoolThis is a successfully funded KickStarter, that completed Feb. 12, 2013 with $808,341 raised of the $636,010 needed.

So what is Video Game High School?  From it’s KIckstarter, it is described as “… a series set in an alternate reality where professional video gaming becomes the biggest spectator sport in the world. It follows Brian D, an aspiring pro gamer who lands an invitation to VGHS, the most prestigious gaming academy in the world. Think Hogwarts, but instead of spells and magic wands, it’s headshots and IBM Model M keyboards!”

Season 1 was successfully funded in 2010 and has has received over 40 million views and is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, iTunes, Netflix, as well as Xbox and PS3.

Season 2 promises to be a 6 part series covering more drama, scandal and competition between the main characters.

Move over King of Kong, you’ve got some fictional competition.

Check out the KickStarter, which is complete, but has a lot of information on the series as well as a link to Season 1. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/freddiew/video-game-high-school-season-two?ref=card

This concludes this week’s KickStart This.  Check out the previous editions below:

Do you want to have your KickStarter promoted/reviewed on this site?  Or do you know of a KickStarter or similar crowd-funding platform based project that is gaming related that you want promoted?  Submit it to gracesnoke@videogamescoreboard.com

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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